Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro First Impressions: Going Above and Beyond

Asus has simply launched two new gaming smartphones known as the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional. The primary distinction between the 2 fashions is the design of the again panel and, the RAM and storage configurations, whereas the remainder of the specs and options stay the identical. In case you thought final 12 months’s ROG Phone 5s collection had hit its peak, Asus has managed to supply even higher options with the brand new fashions. We have managed to get a sneak-peek on the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional, so let’s test it out.

The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional will solely be accessible in a single configuration in India with 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage priced at Rs. 89,999. The earlier ROG Phone 5s Pro and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (Review) had the identical configuration however it nonetheless amazes me to see a smartphone with extra RAM than most gaming laptops. The usual ROG Cellphone 6 can have 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 71,999. The inner storage just isn’t expandable on both mannequin. The usual ROG Cellphone 6 shall be accessible in Phantom Black and Storm White, whereas the Professional mannequin is just accessible in white.

The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional is the primary telephone to launch in India with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, which isn’t solely alleged to be extra highly effective than the 8 Gen 1 however extra importantly, claims to be extra extra energy environment friendly which is what you need in a gaming smartphone. Asus claims it has upgraded the cooling system within the new mannequin and together with the non-obligatory new Aero Energetic Cooler 6, it ought to help you sport for longer durations with out having to cope with overheating or efficiency throttling.

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The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 again panel  

Coming to the telephone itself, Asus hasn’t messed round with the method an excessive amount of because the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional continues to be a large chunk of glass and metallic with related dimensions because the ROG Cellphone 5s Professional. The brand new mannequin weighs 239g and has a thickness of 10.3mm, making it fairly a handful. Nevertheless, it’s now IPX4 rated for splash resistance towards liquids, which is the primary we have seen on a premium gaming smartphone. This water resistance applies to the usual mannequin too.

The huge show on the Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional has almost the identical specs as its predecessor however with a couple of key upgrades such a most contact sampling fee of as much as 720Hz in sure video games and the next 165Hz refresh fee. It is nonetheless a large 6.78-inch AMOLED display screen with a full-HD+ decision, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and a peak brightness of 800 nits. In my quick time utilizing the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional, the show regarded gorgeous with punchy colors and had superb contact response. Just a few video games that I attempted regarded nice and ran very nicely, as you’d anticipate.

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The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional is giant and begs for use with two arms

The ROG Imaginative and prescient OLED show on the again of the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional can be utilized to showcase a number of the preloaded animations for various occasions resembling an incoming name, charging, and so forth. The again of the telephone can also be peppered with loads of gaming motifs resembling inscriptions and graphics. I really feel it is performed tastefully and is not excessive, in comparison with the early generations of the ROG telephone.

What makes the Asus ROG Cellphone particular in comparison with another gaming telephone are the software program customisations and extra {hardware} options. The ROG Cellphone 6 Professional runs Android 12 and you’ll select between Zen UI or a extra gaming-oriented ROG UI pores and skin. Asus guarantees two OS updates and at the least two years of safety updates for the ROG Cellphone 6 collection. Each telephones characteristic a further USB Sort-C port on the left aspect of the body so the charging cable does not get in the best way when holding the telephone horizontally for gaming. This port can also be used to energy the Aero Energetic Cooler 6. The ROG Cellphone 6 Professional has two Tremendous Linear Audio system on both finish of the physique and so they get very loud.

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The Armoury Crate app affords a tonne of details about the telephone, together with loads of customisation choices

The Asus Armoury Crate app affords a tonne of customisation for particular person video games. It additionally allows you to monitor the CPU and GPU’s temperature, modify the system lighting, and tweak the performance of the telephone’s AirTriggers or ultrasonic buttons alongside the proper aspect of the body. The latter will get new performance within the type of a ‘Press and carry’ gesture that permits you to carry out two actions inside a sport with a single gesture.

Sport Genie, the telephone’s in-game dashboard, has been redesigned and may now be summoned by way of a swipe-down gesture. This menu allows you to toggle all types of settings resembling altering the refresh fee, blocking notifications, partaking X-Mode, and plenty extra.

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The Aero Energetic Cooler 6 (left) includes a thermoelectric cooling system for higher outcomes

The Aero Energetic Cooler 6 is bought as a separate accent and now features a thermoelectric cooling system based mostly on a Peltier chip, along with the fan. You possibly can set the kind of cooling you need from the Armoury Crate app. Asus claims it may scale back the floor temperature of the telephone by as much as 25 diploma Celsius with the ‘Frozen’ cooling mode, however this requires the telephone to be plugged in. The cooler additionally has 4 further buttons (two extra from the earlier mannequin) which could be mapped inside sure video games. The brand new cooler works solely with the ROG Cellphone 6 collection and isn’t suitable with the older fashions.

The cameras within the Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional have been upgraded. There is a 12-megapixel Sony IMX663 selfie digital camera and on the again, you get a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 major digital camera with out OIS, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide digital camera and a 5-megapixel macro digital camera. Aside from the standard taking pictures modes, the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional helps premium options resembling 8K video recording. Digicam efficiency might be not going to be high precedence for anybody wanting to buy this telephone however I am glad Asus has taken the hassle to supply higher sensors nonetheless, as a substitute of merely reusing those from the earlier mannequin.

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The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional will get an upgraded set of cameras

The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional includes a huge 6,000mAh battery (a mix of two 3,000mAh batteries) with as much as 65W quick charging. Asus has its personal 65W charger however this is not bundled within the field. As a substitute, Indian retail items will ship with a 30W charger. Asus says that any USB PD 3.0 charger with PPS (Programmable Energy Provide) and the proper wattage ought to be capable of quick cost the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional at its full potential. Wi-fi charging is one premium characteristic that is nonetheless lacking.

Total, the Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional is a beast of a smartphone and builds on the strengths of the ROG Cellphone 5s collection, which Asus says will proceed to be bought in India in order that consumers have a extra reasonably priced possibility. Nevertheless, is the brand new ROG Cellphone 6 Professional well worth the improve over the earlier era? Stick round to Devices 360 for the complete evaluation, coming quickly.

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